You can make a pretty convincing case for this rock music lark no longer being a young man’s game. Current critical darlings like The Bad Seeds, Swans, My Bloody Valentine and Radiohead all have decades of experience to call upon. Young bands have such a raw deal, it’s surprising that they bother – viewed with suspicion for coming out of nowhere, financially unstable without the credibility tainting association of a major label and unable to sell enough copies of their material to survive in this world of streaming and illegal downloading. Considering all this makes the brilliant Girl Bandall the more special, if slightly illogical.
They specialise in a form of alternative rock that takes cues from all four of the previously named luminaries: Swans grinding battery, Cave’s shamanic preacher man act, Kevin Shields guitar witchcraft & Radiohead’s ear to the sounds of the dance floor. As if to prove how up to date and relevant they are, their set closer is a faithful rendition of the Blawan techno blowout “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage”. Recent single ‘Lawman’ continues to be intriguingly dance floor informed, with a technoesque militaristic drum stomp anchoring some ferocious noise rock.
The Irish four piece have been no strangers to Brighton. We first saw them back in January 2014, when they brightened up the darkest of months with an accomplished and disturbingly loud show at the Green Door Store that gained praise from both The Argus & The Guardian. Importantly for such a young band they have improved on every subsequent visit, ending with a corrosive set at The Corn Exchange at this year’s Great Escape.
The future looks extremely bright for them. Picked up by British super-indie label 4AD (Ariel Pink, Future Islands, Tune-Yards) they release their hotly anticipated debut album Holding Hands With Jamie on 25 September. The first track taken from it ‘Paul’ is one of the best released so far this year, a slow building 7 minutes of drama, tension and release. These kids are not mucking about.
Be Nothing is a promotions duo consisting of Joe and Carin. We don’t discriminate with genre, almost anything goes. We love the shows that we do and put pretty much all we have into them, so we hope you enjoy them too.
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Kohwi / Fishing / Guerre / Outfit / Gross Magic / Sun Glitters / Regal Safari / Com Truise / Teengirl Fantasy / La Femme / S.C.U.M / Bo Ningen / Lovepark / High Places / Anneka / Halls / Tourist / Girls Names / Splashh / Walls / Jacuzzi Boys / Keel Her / Shudder Pulps / Holy Other / Vessel / Deep Time / Birdskulls / Balam Acab / Deptford Goth / Adolescent / Paws / TOPS / Mac DeMarco / Fear Of Men / Ital / Nathan Fake / Ghosting Season / Chris Cohen / Hundredth Anniversary / Joey Fourrv / Boneyards / Meddicine